Tech Industry Praises Liberation of Internet Governance Functions from U.S.G.

Geneva/Brussels – The technology industry welcomes the news that the U.S. Commerce Department intends to complete the transition of relinquishing its control over key Internet addressing functions to the global multi-stakeholder community. This was a necessary next step in the evolution of the Internet and supports the current multi-stakeholder model of global Internet governance where…

U.S. House Subcommittee To Review Copyright Law Critical To U.S. Economy

Washington – As part of its ongoing review of U.S. copyright law, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Internet is holding a hearing Thursday on the legal framework that supports both copyright holders and Internet service providers. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbors sought to balance access to information online with rightsholders’ request that…

CCIA Supports STELA, But Not Anti-competitive Amendment On TV Set Top Boxes

Washington – The House Energy & Commerce Communications subcommittee will hold a hearing today to consider legislation from its chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., that would reauthorize a law setting the rules for satellite subscribers to access broadcast television. The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act expires at the end of this year. While there…

House Judiciary Committee to Examine Internet Sales Tax Alternatives

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on “Exploring Alternative Solutions on the Internet Sales Tax Issue.”  The Computer & Communications Industry Association will be following this hearing with great interest, in the hopes that it will begin the substantive and in-depth discussion on Internet sales tax collection that unfortunately was…

CCIA Deeply Concerned by Turkish Government Threat to Block Internet Services, Social Media

Brussels/Geneva —  The Computer & Communications Industry Association was, like many others, troubled to hear reports yesterday that the Government of Turkey is considering widespread additional restrictions on social media and major Internet services. This was especially concerning given that legislation passed only weeks ago put the Internet under greater governmental control through measures including…

Senate Judiciary Hears About Wireless Competition Challenges

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee spent time Wednesday more closely examining the state of wireless competition and what is impeding a more competitive marketplace. The hearing comes ahead of a government auction that will license wireless spectrum to be relinquished by TV broadcasters. Lawmakers and the FCC weigh the state of competition when devising…